Dear fellow tax hikers, we are getting streetcars in Cincinnati whether the voters like it or not. And we think that's fantastic. While a recent poll indicates that Cincinnati voters oppose the current streetcar plan by a 2-1 margin, it really doesn't matter what the voters think.
The streetcar has the potential to join the stadiums and The Freedom Center as one of Cincinnati's finest economic development projects ever. How does spending $128 million on a rail line that goes 3 miles north and then heads back home create economic development worthy of that expenditure? Well, we have no idea either, but that's not important.
Our city and state leaders told us that building new stadiums for the Bengals and Reds would be an economic bonanza for the city and county. Nobody understood how spending $700 million on two sports stadiums is an economic plus, but aren't we glad we trusted them? The Banks has become one of the finest downtown neighborhoods in the country, and the economies of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have never been better. And just imagine how bad Hamilton County's budget would be without the stadium fund to buoy it.
Our city, state, and federal leaders told us that building The Freedom Center on riverfront property would be of strong economic benefit to the entire region. Nobody ever figured that one out at the time, but aren't we glad we listened? The Freedom Center has been a heavily-attended tourism magnet that has brought billions of outside dollars to Hamilton County.
Now our city and state leaders need us to believe them when they say the streetcar will bring an economic boom to Cincinnati. Put your doubts and your questions aside. Mayor Mallory and other city leaders know what is best. Don't listen to that conservative Chris Monzel who has been leading the opposition to this streetcar plan. We condemn Monzel for standing in the way of bigger government and more spending.
The message from Mayor Mallory and his supporters on City Council is clear - we're building a streetcar in Cincinnati and we don't care whether the voters like it or not. We wholeheartedly endorse this plan and applaud Council for going through with the streetcar regardless of voter opinion.